Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka (Forever, We Sing)

Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka (Forever, We Sing)
Saturday, 12 August 2023
7.30pm to 8.30pm

Join us at the HRCC for ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories, and guitar brilliance.

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Over many years, the Noongar language has been reduced to a whisper. There are currently less than 400 fluent speakers.

Kalyakoorl, ngalak warangka, (Forever, we sing), is a celebration of the rare Noongar language and the things we share as a community.

Through their passion for the Noongar language intertwined with the power of music and storytelling, join multi-award-winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse as they take you on a journey through the four principles that guide their work — Koort (Heart), Moort (Family & Community), Boodja (Land & connection to country) and Koorlangka (Children and Legacy).

Gina Williams

Gina Williams AM is a proud Balladong (Noongar, South West) woman, with links through her grandmother’s line to the Gitja people of the East Kimberley. She is an award-winning singer-songwriter and journalist, who has spent the past three decades committed to sharing stories and writing songs for her community, and with collaborator and best friend, Guy Ghouse. Gina’s accolades include: 2018 Inductee, West Australian Women’s Hall of Fame; Winner, Aboriginal Category, 2017 West Australian of the Year; and Winner, Indigenous Act of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018 West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards. Gina is an Ambassador for the Australian Performing Rights Association, a member of the British Council’s ACCELERATE Arts and Cultural Leadership Alumni and is a Patron of Fairbridge Folk Festival.

Guy Ghouse

Guy Ghouse has a musical pedigree that dates back to the 1920s in Malaysia and there are few guitarists who connect to their music and perform without compromise like Guy Ghouse. Guy’s journey has taken him all over the world, with performances at Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club (UK), BBC (UK), Hard Rock Cafe (UK & Indonesia), Los Angeles California, Texas, the Netherlands and Spain. Guy has been musical director, producer, educator, mentor for a variety of bands and solo artists and session guitarist for many touring acts and has written and composed for television and film. he is a featured artist with Cole Clarke Guitars and was named Winner, Best Guitarist at the 2020 West Australian Music Industry Awards.

Dinner and Show and General Admission tickets available.

Filipino-inspired buffet dinner on the night.

This performance is brought to you by CircuitWest, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and WAnjoo.